Wednesday 20 November 2019

Start Walsh and Dubs should play Brogan - Aidan

Aidan O’Mahony believes Bernard Brogan should be in Dublin’s match-day panel for the All-Ireland replay
Aidan O’Mahony believes Bernard Brogan should be in Dublin’s match-day panel for the All-Ireland replay

It may be robbing Peter to pay Paul but former Kerry star Aidan O'Mahony has called on Kingdom boss Peter Keane to parachute Tommy Walsh in from the start of their All-Ireland SFC final replay clash with Dublin on Saturday week.

The five-time All-Ireland winner also feels Bernard Brogan will break into the match-day 26 while he expects many other Dublin changes with Eoin Murchan coming into defence and James McCarthy moving to midfield.

Walsh, the towering Kerins O'Rahilly's attacker turned the game on its head and was a general nuisance for the Dublin defence after being sprung in the second half last Sunday.

O'Mahony expects surprises from Keane and Dublin counterpart Jim Gavin for their eagerly anticipated rematch and he sees huge merit in going with Walsh from the off.


"The last day he came in and it was a pivotal, because everything was played through him," O'Mahony said at the launch of National Fitness Day, which takes place on September 26.

"If you take that away from Kerry, what's your next step then? If you need ball to be won inside there and Tommy Walsh is starting, you get 45 or 50 minutes out of him and you are saying what's your Plan B now?

"Have you shown your cards like. Would I start him? Yes. I can remember looking up at the finish of the game and thinking 'if they kicked one ball into him' the outcome might have been different.

"It's like the Kevin McManamon thing, maybe for what he's doing he is that impact sub and he's better coming off the bench. But both teams are going to put in something different."

With just Stephen Cluxton, Mick Fitzsimons, Jack McCaffrey, Brian Howard and Dean Rock playing anywhere near their usual standards, Gavin is expected to wield the axe and O'Mahony expects veteran attacker Brogan to benefit.

"I think Bernard Brogan will be back. For years, he's been the player they've depended on. Who is to say that there's not ten minutes in him? It's not being ruthless from Jim Gavin but he's definitely a player you could use for ten minutes.

"He brings that kind of experience to the panel. He's a guy to have around, he's been there for years, he's won Player of the Year. I just think the next day they need some kind of curve ball like that."

Jonny Cooper endured a torrid time from Kerry ace David Clifford before being given his marching orders just before half-time but O'Mahony expects Gavin to stick to his guns and give the tigerish Na Fianna a chance to redeem himself.

"He's been one of your best man-markers for years. He hasn't lost his pace overnight or anything and maybe he just needs a bit of game time. The last day he was very close to his man, that's the one good thing and he plays on the line," the Rathmore clubman said.

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